The China Human Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee officially announced that China would stop the use of organs from executed prisoners from January 1, 2015, and that voluntary organ donation by citizens would become the only legal source of deceased donor organ transplantation in China, but according to a new research paper- that is not actually what is happening.
Key Point: Americans may want to know where Socialized/ Communist medicine leads.
“Many know that China has long used organs from prisoners. The model here is: execution ground -> firing squad -> organ procurement. But for hearts and lungs, it’s not so simple. One does not simply execute the donor at a field site with a bullet to the head. If the donor suffers cardiac arrest, the heart will not be viable for transplant,” the author of the new research report on Monday.
Doctors in China have been executing prisoners by extracting their hearts for transplantation, according to a new paper by myself and co-author Dr. Jacob Lavee in the American Journal of Transplantation.
we do a little thread about it.https://t.co/71XOJ5GFRF
— matthew robertson (@mpr0010) April 6, 2022
Robertson, along with Jacob Lavee published their paper on 04 April 2022 and was supported by the Google Cloud Research Credits program (award GCP19980904), the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
The dead donor rule is fundamental to transplant ethics. The rule states that organ procurement must not commence until the donor is both dead and formally pronounced so, and by the same token, that procurement of organs must not cause the death of the donor.
In a separate area of medical practice, there has been intense controversy around the participation of physicians in the execution of capital prisoners. These two apparently disparate topics converge in a unique case: the intimate involvement of transplant surgeons in China in the execution of prisoners via the procurement of organs.
We use computational text analysis to conduct a forensic review of 2838 papers drawn from a dataset of 124 770 Chinese-language transplant publications. Our algorithm searched for evidence of problematic declarations of brain death during organ procurement.
We find evidence in 71 of these reports, spread nationwide, that brain death could not have properly been declared. In these cases, the removal of the heart during organ procurement must have been the proximate cause of the donor’s death.
Because these organ donors could only have been prisoners, our findings strongly suggest that physicians in the People’s Republic of China have participated in executions by organ removal.
A core value in medical ethics is the principle of ‘do no harm,’ famously captured in the Hippocratic Oath. This principle motivates two widespread professional medical prohibitions: the dead donor rule (DDR), which forbids the procurement of vital transplant organs from living donors,1, 2 and the injunction against physician participation in executions.3, 4
These two prohibitions are adhered to throughout most of the world: Transplant doctors typically procure organs from free and voluntary donors who have died of natural causes; most countries do not carry out capital punishment.5, 6 Very few countries, even those retaining capital punishment, allow organ donation from condemned individuals.7
But how should we understand the physician’s role in a context where executed prisoners are the primary source of transplant organs? Might the transplant surgeon become the de facto executioner? Evidence suggestive of such behavior has emerged over many years from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).8–14 To investigate these reports, this paper uses computational methods to examine 2838 Chinese transplant-related medical papers published in scientific journals, systematically collecting data and testing hypotheses about this practice. By scrutinizing the clinical procedures around intubation and ventilation of donors, declaration of brain death, and commencement of organ procurement surgery, we contribute substantial new evidence to questions about the role of PRC physicians in state executions.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Cultural Marxism, grassroots activism, music, IndyCar racing and political campaigns. @Saorsa1776